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Regional Forums on business & human rights

Latin America Regional Forum (28-30 Aug 2013)

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Asia Regional Forum (2016)

The UN Working Group on business & human rights is convening its Asia Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights from 19 to 20 April 2016 in Doha. Click here for more information on this Forum.

Africa Regional Forum (2014)

The UN Working Group on business & human rights is convening an "African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights", 16-18 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Click here for all information on this Forum.

Latin America Regional Forum (2013)

Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean - Medellín, Colombia, 28-30 Aug
For materials in Spanish, see here.

Preliminary report by the UN Working Group on the Regional Forum (only in Spanish), 26 Nov 2013

UN Working Group opening statements

Other Interventions & statements

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26 November 2013
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Author: Grupo de Trabajo de la ONU sobre empresas y derechos humanos

…[Al] Primer Foro Latinoamericano y del Caribe sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos…Asistieron aproximadamente 415 personas de 17 países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe y de otros 10 países fuera de la región. De éstas, 41% provinieron de organizaciones de...

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5 November 2013

[PDF] Response to the civil society organizations who have sent submissions in relation to the 2013 Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Mandate of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

The Working Group appreciates that frustration exists, including for victims of business-related human rights impacts and human rights defenders, with the slow progress of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in...

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1 October 2013
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Author: Observatorio de Empresas Transnacionales (OET)

Entre el 28 y el 30 de agosto de 2013 en Medellín, Colombia, se convocó...al Foro Regional de América Latina y el Caribe sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos...En el plenario se dejó bien en claro que las normas voluntarias como los Principios Rectores...

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13 September 2013

[PDF] [Response to ESCR-net Corporate Accountability Working Group intervention]

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

[T]he Working Group would like to offer some responses and clarifications to the points you raise...Given the breadth of the [Working Group's] mandate, and our limited time and resources to carry it out, the Working Group has put tremendous effort...

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28 August 2013

[DOC] Response of Professor John Ruggie to NGO Declaration re 2013 UN Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Professor John Ruggie, Harvard Kennedy School, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights

...[The] Declaration a group of NGOs issued prior to the Medellin workshop...repeats a claim that is highly misleading. I did not leave the UN to go work for Barrick Gold. When my mandate ended I returned to full-time teaching at Harvard, and...

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28 August 2013

[PDF] Opening statement by Pavel Sulyandziga, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on business and human rights - First Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Pavel Sulyandziga, UN Working Group on business & human rights

This unique forum constitutes the first time that such a large and diverse gathering of stakeholders with different experiences and perspectives in this field have been convened to openly discuss how to move forward on implementation of the UN Guiding...

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27 August 2013
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Author: Grupo de Derechos Humanos de la Red-DESC

...Compartimos las siguientes cinco reflexiones…[1] la Red-DESC considera que el enfoque del Grupo de Trabajo…al ejecutar su mandato ha sido muy limitado…[2]…el grupo de Trabajo…enfatiza indebidamente las necesidades identificadas por las empresas en...

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27 August 2013

[PDF] Intervention at the CSO meeting prior to the UN Regional Forum on Business & Human Rights

Author: Corporate Accountability Working Group, International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net)

We offer the following five reflections that stem from our collective perspective of nearly decade a of experience in this area of work...Firstly...[w]e are concerned that...exploration of means to enhance access to effective remedies, including...

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26 August 2013

The impact of businesses on human rights in Latin American and the Caribbean – First regional debate

Author: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

More than 400 representatives from global, regional and domestic businesses, industry associations, Governments, international and regional bodies, trade unions, civil society, indigenous peoples and others will join the first Latin American and...

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12 August 2013

[PDF] Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights Agenda (draft 8 Aug)

Author: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Day I...Panel I: Corporations and Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles...Panel II: States and Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles...Panel III:Patterns of Negative Corporate Impacts in the Region and Elements of Effective Remedy Outcomes...

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